Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s songs have been restored on the T-Series channel. Their songs were taken down in the wake of the Pulwama Attack. Bollywood had boycotted Pakistani artists and had asked fro a blanket ban on Pakistani actors/singers. T-Series, the popular music label, had removed Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s songs from its YouTube channel.
On February 14th, a van laden with explosives had rammed into a CRPF convoy killing 40 soldiers. Following rising cross border tensions between India and Pakistan, Bollywood had executed a blanket ban on Pakistani artists. Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar canceled their trip to Pakistan. They were invited to attend a commemorative ceremony in Karachi Arts Council in the memory of Kaifi Azmi, Shabana’s father. Karachi Arts Council had also hit back with an expression of disappointment.
Salman Khan had also dropped Atif Aslam’s song from his film Notebook. Ajay Devgn had stopped his film Total Dhamaal from releasing in Pakistan and later on Luka Chuppi and Arjun Patiala were also stopped from release in Pakistan. Pakistan had also banned Bollywood films and had rerun its other films from earlier in the year in its cinemas.
Pakistani artists were also banned earlier in the wake of the Uri Attacks and Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan were also not allowed to promote their films in India in the wake of the attacks. In Pakistan, reports said that cinemas had taken a hit due to Bollywood films not being released in the local cinemas.
Check out Rahat Fateh's song, Zindagi here.
Check out Atif Aslam's song Baarishein, featuring Nushrat Bharucha, here.